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Russian columns are moving towards the stronghold of the Ukrainian army in Donetsk

Russian columns are moving towards the stronghold of the Ukrainian army in Donetsk

Today, Tuesday, Al-Arabiya correspondent reported that Russian military convoys are moving towards the city of Avdiivka, the stronghold of the Ukrainian army in the separatist Donetsk region in the east of the country.

Our correspondent added that the Russian and Donetsk forces are trying to storm the city of Avdiivka, noting that the Ukrainian forces are bombing the territory daily, which Russia has recognized only for its separation from Ukraine.

9 killed in Russian bombing

Meanwhile, the governor of the Donetsk region announced that at least 9 civilians were killed by Russian fire in the region of eastern Ukraine, on Tuesday.

Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kirilenko wrote in the Telegram app that at least three civilians were killed during the aerial bombardment of Avdiivka.

He also indicated that three others were killed in the bombing of the city of Voldar, while three were killed in the bombing of the town of Liman.

Evacuations

The Ukrainian president’s office said earlier today that other areas of Donetsk are under constant fire, and that the region’s authorities are trying to evacuate civilians from the front-line areas, according to Reuters.

It is noteworthy that in late March, Russia launched the second phase of its military operation in eastern Ukraine, focusing on the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, after its withdrawal from the vicinity of the capital, Kyiv.

These areas are of strategic importance to Moscow, especially since controlling them – knowing that Russian-backed separatists already control parts of them – will enable Russian forces to obtain a land bridge linking eastern Ukraine to the Crimea, which it annexed in 2014.

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